Championship Preview: Soccer Takes on Memphis Friday
Oct. 30, 2013
HOUSTON — Houston Soccer will begin a new stretch of its 2013 slate when it opens American Athletic Conference Championship play Friday at 6 p.m. CT vs. Memphis in the First Round of the tournament on the Louisville campus.
“There are three parts to the season; non-conference, conference and conference tournament,” head coach Chris Pfau said. “Conference tournament play is a great time of year and to have a chance to be in this situation two straight years is very exciting. Memphis is coming off a great weekend when it beat Temple 3-0 and UConn 5-1. They are a very dynamic, well-coached team and our work is cut out for us. We know in tournament situations it just takes one win and anything can happen.”
Houston will play as the No. 10 seed after finishing the league schedule with a 0-9 mark, while Memphis will play as the No. 7 seed with a 4-5 mark.
The American Athletic Conference bracket is set based on seedings with the bottom four seeds (No. 10 Houston, No. 9 Temple, No. 8 SMU, No. 7 Memphis) meeting in the First Round on Friday at the top two-seeded schools in No. 1 UCF and No. 2 Louisville.
The winner of the Houston-Memphis game will advance to the Quarterfinal Round to face No. 2 Louisville on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 3:30 p.m. CT in Kentucky. The loser will be eliminated from postseason play.
Koski has racked up 90 saves this season in 11 games played and 912 minutes in goal. She holds 1.98 goals against average and a .818 save percentage with two shutouts. She enters Friday’s game just six saves shy of breaking the all-time Houston save record, while George has 36 saves in seven games and 516 minutes played this season.
Leading the way offensively is Christabel Oduro with 29 points thanks to 11 goals and seven assists, while Valerie Sanderson follows with 28 points on a team-best 13 goals and two assists.
Keeper Maryse Bard-Martel has played 1,600 minutes in goal, collecting 70 saves for a .729 percentage. She holds an 11-7 record with five shutouts during 2013.
LAST TIME OUT
HISTORY vs. MEMPHIS
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